5 Skills Every Cook Should Master

There are a few things every kitchen connoisseur ought to have down. Just in case you're a little behind, SideChef is here with step-by-step guides to all the insider cooking techniques that will come in handy time and time again.
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Preparing Garlic

Garlic is the renaissance man of the spice world. It brings an aromatic depth of flavor to just about any dish, but those pungently delicious cloves can be tricky to prepare. Knowing how to finely slice your garlic is essential to unlocking the full flavor potential of these little powerful packets.

Cooking Rice and Pasta

Rice and pasta are staple foods in pretty much every ethnic cuisine, and for good reason! Both are cheap, energy-dense, and pair with just about any dish imaginable. Thus, it’s crucial that every chef has these two staples mastered--no soggy noodles or burnt grains allowed. Here's a simple guide to boiling pasta.

Preparing a Stock

A good stock is one of those things most people don’t even know they need, but experienced chefs know otherwise. A great stock is often the difference between an otherwise watery dish and a rich umami flavor bomb. Store-bought stocks may seem like a convenient solution; however, most are filled with additives, excess sodium, and way too much water. Homemade stock is a simple but powerful weapon every cook should have in their flavor arsenal. Here's how!

Grilling the Perfect Steak

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Classic Pan-Seared Steak
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Nothing screams hearty luxury more than slicing into the juicy, pink center of a perfectly seared steak. Even if steak dinners seem reserved for special occasions, the ability to nail a perfect sear is always in demand. Here's how!

Perfect Scrambled Eggs

There are infinite ways to cook an egg, but none are simpler or more versatile than a quick scramble. Knowing how to throw together a good scrambled egg dish will ensure a tasty, satisfying, nutrient-rich meal in any situation with any schedule. Here's your basic guide.

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